|Discovered||1945 Geneva, New York|
|Parentage||McIntosh x Red Delicious|
What do you get when you cross an Eastern Red Delicious apple with a McIntosh? An Empire, an apple variety whose flavor is sweeter than a McIntosh and more tart than a Delicious, and it has juicy, firm white flesh that does not easily bruise. It is a high-quality dessert apple and good for all culinary uses. It has a striking, deep red skin brushed with gold and green. Look for Empires in late September.
The Empire is a relatively new variety, raised by R.D. Way in 1945, and introduced commercially in 1966 by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York.